The run-up to XML Prague was a bit funny for me this year. I was trying to be a little coy in my abstract, I wanted to have a little surprise for my talk. That didn't work out so well. Note to self: being coy with peer reviewers is stupid. Don't be stupid next time.
So I wonder how I'm going to justify going and the organizers set me up to moderate a panel. Easy enough. Then Robin asks me about co-presenting his cross-pollination ideas and, of course, I agree, because working with Robin's gotta be a blast. Now it looks like I may be presenting for one of my MarkLogic colleagues who's being pulled into an important meeting half a world away on the same weekend. And MarkLogic is hosting Demo Jam again.
The lesson, apparently, is that it's a whole lot more work to go to a really good conference when your paper is rejected than when it's accepted. Note to self: next year, get your [expletive deleted, -ed] paper accepted! Who'd have thunk?
In summary: great conference, great location, great people (and lots of them), great papers (exclusive of mine, but now I know what I'm going to write for Balisage so silver lining), Demo Jam! It's all good!
Register now and don't miss it!